There is news in the Journal today that Newcastle’s transfer goal is now to bring in one more player in this summer – a striker – but there will be no defenders brought in unless a defender moves out.
Loic Remy – on loan last season at Newcastle
So that would mean we have the same defenders – apart from Daryl Janmaat for Mathieu Debuchy as we did last season – – and we didn’t look strong in defense, and even worse the season before that.
The two striker targets we have remain as Loic Remy of QPR and Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon, although neither player is actually talking about wanting to come to Newcastle – neither player seems too keen to join the Magpies.
As far as Remy goes, he may wait until the last few days of the window and see what his options are – and if it’s between QPR and Newcastle he may come back to Newcastle, but maybe only on loan again – and we’re not sure that’s what Newcastle want.
And as for Lacazette, that news about agreeing a £15M fee with his club, that was reported in the Independent yesterday, is probably not true.
And if the Journal report is correct we will not be going after center-back Virgil van Dijk of Celtic, who is available for £8M and would be a very good addition to the squad.
If we could sign Virgil we could then try to sell either Steven Taylor or Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, or even send them out on loan, since they both seem to have trouble with their consistency during the season.
There’s still a possibility that a defender could be brought in near the end of the window, if Mapou or Steven are moved out – but central defense has been a problem for the last two seasons, and we haven’t done much to correct that problem this summer.
But there’s still time left in the window, and good players could become available before September rolls around.
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